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Boosing your Puppy and Kitten's Immune System

Kittens and puppies, with their immature immune systems, are especially vulnerable to illness, as they are constantly exposed to good and bad bacteria, viruses and fungi.  A healthy immune system distinguishes between these and helps eliminate the bad ones.  Studies have shown that antioxidants boost the immune system, and can im pro ve the response to vaccinations*.

Antioxidants are a group of vitamins and minerals that combat free radical damage, thus slowing down ageing and helping prevent disease - but they are only effective when taken in the right doses and combinations.  To pro tect your puppy or kitten’s health ensure their diet includes these antioxidants at the correct levels.

  • Vitamin E is the first line of defence. Studies by Hill’s Pet Nutrition have shown that up to 10 times the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is required for Vitamin E to be effective as an antioxidant.  At levels below this it is effective only as a vitamin.
  • Vitamin C - cats and dogs pro duce vitamin C in their body, but additional vitamin C has a direct antioxidant effect, and ‘regenerates’ Vitamin E so that it becomes more effective.
  • Beta–carotene also supports Vitamin E by reactivating it.
  • Selenium is a mineral that is part of an internal antioxidant system in the body.  Additional selenium aids optimal immune function.

The Hill’s Science Plan Puppy or Kitten range is superior nutrition for your young pet, made with the freshest, highest quality, all natural ingredients.  The Hill’s Superior Antioxidant Formula is clinically pro ven to help boost the immune system*.  Rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids, Hill’s Science Plan Puppy and Kitten are scientifically formulated to give your new pet the very best start in life.

Ask your vet for a free Hill’s Best Start Kit, which has samples of Hill’s Science Plan Puppy and Kitten and a guide on good kitten and puppy care.  Your vet will also be able to advise on puppy socialisation classes in your area.  Or call the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Careline toll-free on (0800) 228 783 or visit

* Khoo C, Cunnick J, Friesen K, Gross KL, Wedekind K, Jewell DE.  The Role of Supplementary Dietary Antioxidants on Immune Response in Puppies.  Veterinary Therapeutics 2005; 6 (1) – Spring: 43-56.